First I gotta say WOO HOOO!! I have DM (dermatomyositis) and I know that there are only 20,000 adult cases of this in the US. It’s a rare disease and in being so, it goes unnoticed where we want it to be noticed-Mainstream. If a Hollywood-ite holds up a bracelet that says Cure JM the whole world will be asking, what is JM? And the awareness train leaves the tracks. Thank you Johnny Depp. Dermatomyositis is an awful disease, but JM for kids is even worse. I SO appreciate you taking the time to hold that up for the 5,000 kids that suffer with this disease in this country.
Click on the link and go say hi. See if there’s anything you can do to raise awareness of this awful disease.
In this country we have only 20,000 cased of DM (dermatomyositis) in adults. For children that number is much smaller, only 5,000 children in the US have JM (juvenile dermatomyositis).
There is an amazing resource for kid that have DM and their families called Cure Jm Foundation. It was started by parents of children with JM. Here’s a video from Cure JM Foundation that tells about the autoimmune disease for children.
Thanks again for showing your heart to the world. It might make a big difference to these kids.
I just wanted to drop a quick THANK YOU for all of you out there who diligently texted and facebooked and on-site voted for Cure JM to win in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Oh my gosh, I still can’t believe we won!!!!! It’s amazing, wonderful, incredible, and oh so needed! Thank you. All the children with JM have some more hope for a cure with the 250,000 prize money to go towards research.
I posted earlier about Cure JM having a chance at a $250,000 grant from Pepsi and we still do! Voting is open until the end of August. In July we were in 12th place and as of today we are in 4th. Woot Woot!! The top two will each receive the grants. This is so amazing, it is truly within our grasp if we all vote and pass along to our friends to vote too. Will you please take a moment and text to vote, stop in at Facebook and vote and please ask your fb friends to do the same. It is such a worthwhile cause, I know firsthand the pain and crippling effects this disease has and I can’t even imagine a child having to go through any of it.
To find out more about Juvenile Myositis and the organization Cure JM, check out the video and follow the links below to vote. Pepsi is giving us an amazing opportunity to help our kids with JM and we are so close! Thank you to all of you who are following this and voting. God Bless!
A message from the facebook group:
Thanks for making a difference by helping Cure JM move into 4TH PLACE in the Pepsi Refresh contest, where we are competing with over 400 organizations for a $250,000 grant.
We need to be in the TOP TWO at the end of August to win this grant. Every penny of this grant will go towards research, including an important JM genome study and a cardiovascular risk study in patients with JM. The remaining funds will go towards the Cure JM Program of Excellence research center in Chicago.
We would like to share a recent Facebook post from a JM family, who has played an integral role in the Cure JM Foundation:
“Know how I remember to vote everyday???….Inserting Mason’s feeding tube, giving the IV meds he needs this morning to keep him alive, plus the other meds used to strengthen his depleted bones, and the meds to lower his blood pressure so his enlarged, calcinotic heart will hopefully get better; replacing the pain patch…”
Please vote so that Mason and all of the children with JM can have hope for a better future. Vote THREE times each day, everyday to help Cure JM:
– Text Vote to Pepsi (73774) Type: 100850 to vote *(Stnd txt msg rts apply)
– Vote via FB app: http://www.facebook.com/l/0a580WbtmPvlJZ9FqZauzEfO3eg;bit.ly/CureJMonFB
– Vote for our entire “Kids to Win” team at: http://www.facebook.com/l/0a5806ZfUlE2jdhvEYHUpKnXhvA;pep.si/CureJMKidstoWin4
Sign up for Daily Voting Reminders (and be entered into a contest to win a FREE iPad if Cure JM wins!), please register here: http://www.facebook.com/l/0a580eNdDWUEzr_ZtywByGjqW2w;www.curejm.org (Note: Names and emails will NOT be shared with anyone and are only used for daily voting reminders).
Cure JM Partners in Pepsi Gulf Projects
These groups in the Gulf Projects category are heavily supporting Cure JM. Thank them by using your additional votes in the Gulf categories, which are completely separate from the “regular” Pepsi Refresh voting. Voting links for the three groups we have aligned with are as follows: